Cubism (noun)

  1. An art movement, especially in painting, that began in the early 20th century and is characterized by the reduction of objects to their geometrical forms, especially cubes, and the emphasis on the flatness of the picture surface.
  2. A style of art characterized by the use of geometric shapes to depict objects in a fragmented, abstract form.
  3. A style of art that emphasizes the flat, two-dimensional surface of the picture rather than the illusion of depth.


Early 20th century: from french cubisme, from cubique "cubic", from cube.


  1. The painting was an example of cubism, with its fragmented shapes and bold colors.
  2. Cubism was an important art movement in the early 20th century.
  3. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were pioneers of cubism.
  4. Cubism challenged the traditional perspective in art.
  5. Cubism was a major influence on the development of abstract art.
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